The Mughal Empire
Updated: 2/3/2021
The Mughal Empire

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  • The Great Founding Father Boy
  • Around 1494...
  • Babur, do not do this!
  • I am reclaiming my kingdom!
  • Akbar: Tolerance and Violence
  • From 1556 to 1605, during Akbar's reign...
  • You did not obey the rules. You shall be punished!
  • Please, no!
  • A Woman in Power
  • Have you appointed a prime minister yet?
  • During Jahangir (and Nur Jahan)'s reign...
  • I have appointed my father. He has valuable political expertise.
  • By regaining his kingdom and conquering several surrounding territories, creating an empire with nothing but military strategy, we can infer that the foundational strength and power of the empire was military strategy.
  • The Marble Tomb
  • From 1631 to 1653, during the construction of the Taj Mahal and amid Shah Jahan's rule...
  • This represents the temporary inclusion during Akbar's reign, achieved through both tolerant policies and extreme violence, that produced diverging opinions and groups within the empire and lasting and diverse monuments symbolizing cultural blending.
  • A Civil War, An Execution and An Imprisonment
  • Brother, what are you doing?
  • Son, (cough) do not do this!
  • This is significant in understanding the Mughals because it shows that the Mughal Empire, during Jahangir's reign, men began to include women and trust them with more power.
  • Enemies from All Sides
  • From 1658 to 1707, during Aurangzeb's reign...
  • This introduces the decline of the Mughal Empire through Shah Jahan's diminishing of the economy and disregarding of his people to build this monument. However, this monument still stands today and is an important representation of the Mughal Empire's cultural blending.
  • My children are starving!
  • How come we have to pay for this?
  • This is significant in understanding the Mughals because, through the fight for ruling the empire and the imprisonment, execution and civil war that ensued, it represents the unrest within the empire increasing.
  • In 1657, amid a civil war among the princes for rulership of the empire...
  • This represents the ultimate downfall of the empire through the unintentional negative effects of trying to resolve the empire's problems. These problems were linked to the economy and the growing unrest; Aurangzeb's solutions (levying more taxes towards non-Muslims and appointing other trusted Muslims to positions of authority) caused more internal and external turmoil, notably between different religious groups.